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CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks covers the quirks of the expanding universe to the quarks within a single atom... and everything in between.

Quirks and Quarks from CBC Radio CBC

    • Science
    • 4.7 • 260 Ratings

CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks covers the quirks of the expanding universe to the quarks within a single atom... and everything in between.

    Quirks & Quarks is on hiatus for the summer. We'll be back with new content Sept. 11

    Quirks & Quarks is on hiatus for the summer. We'll be back with new content Sept. 11

    You can visit our archives and listen to older content at our website at cbc.ca/quirks

    • 26 sec
    Quirks & Quarks listener question show

    Quirks & Quarks listener question show

    How much of a lake or river is actually fish pee? What's corn silk actually for? What happens when an astronaut gets gassy in a space suit? And much more..

    • 54 min
    Fish out of water get smarter, a star’s disappearing act, echidna’s 4 headed penis, sponges get a move on and the multi-generational impacts of DDT

    Fish out of water get smarter, a star’s disappearing act, echidna’s 4 headed penis, sponges get a move on and the multi-generational impacts of DDT

    Fish out of water get a brain boost; A large star that pulled a disappearing act may be a new kind of ‘blinking giant’; Echidnas have a unique 4-headed penis but only use half at a time; They're not speedy, but these seafloor sponges are on the move; Sick legacy — how DDT exposure from the past can affect many generations to come.

    • 54 min
    Missions to Venus, learning instant replay, wrens spectacular duet, puppies born for communication, the bubble behind the vaccines and great ape blood groups

    Missions to Venus, learning instant replay, wrens spectacular duet, puppies born for communication, the bubble behind the vaccines and great ape blood groups

    Visiting Venus — NASA announces 2 new missions to Earth's evil twin; Your brain replays new skills at super-speed when you take breaks during learning; Wrens synchronize their brains in order to sing spectacular duets; New study shows puppies are born wired to understand and communicate with humans; Meet the Canadian scientist who paved the way for for groundbreaking mRNA COVID vaccines; Do great apes have the same blood groups as humans?

    • 54 min
    Shark extinction event, caffeine can’t keep you functional, the pachyderm’s proboscis, prey eat a predator, and learning about land use from Indigenous science

    Shark extinction event, caffeine can’t keep you functional, the pachyderm’s proboscis, prey eat a predator, and learning about land use from Indigenous science

    Sharks were almost wiped out in a mystery extinction 19 million years ago; Caffeine fail - New study shows it can keep you awake, but can’t keep you functional; How an elephant’s trunk acts as a “muscular multitool”; Normally herbivorous sea urchins turn the tables on a predatory sun star; How Indigenous science could help us with our sustainability and diversity crisis.

    • 54 min
    Salmon virus origins, municipal microbiomes, a robot arm that can feel, wolves reduce car accidents, and a new book looks at ‘Mom Genes’

    Salmon virus origins, municipal microbiomes, a robot arm that can feel, wolves reduce car accidents, and a new book looks at ‘Mom Genes’

    Salmon CSI - A virus in BC's wild salmon came from salmon farms, research suggests; By swabbing subways researchers discover the municipal microbiome of cities worldwide; Robotic arms get a performance boost by getting touchy-feely; Wolves can reduce collisions between cars and deer, saving lives and money; ‘Mom Genes’ explores the radical biological transformations of motherhood.

    • 54 min

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4.7 out of 5
260 Ratings

260 Ratings

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